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Extensive R.S. Prussia collection up for bid in July 22

During this year's R.S. Prussia Convention in Iowa, an extensive selection (more than 250 lots) of R.S. Prussia china will be offered at auction by Woody Auction.
R.S. Prussia tankard

16-inch R.S. Prussia mold #644 tankard with iridescent Tiffany background and keyhole summer season portrait. (All photos courtesy Woody Auction)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa– Collectors of R.S. Prussia need to mark their calendars for Saturday, July 22nd. That’s when Woody Auction will offer the outstanding lifetime collection of Marvin and Laura Heard, plus a few smaller private collections – more than 250 lots of rare and fine R.S. Prussia pieces in all – during this year’s R.S. Prussia Convention at the Cedar Rapids Marriott in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

“This will be one of the finest collections of R.S. Prussia to be sold at public auction in a very long time,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kansas. “Collectors will be able to view and bid on some truly beautiful and highly sought after pieces, to include many rare animal, portrait and scenic pieces.” All lots will be offered without reserve, starting at 9:30 am Central time.

Sale May See R.S. Prussia Tankard Take Top Lot

One of the expected headliner lots is a magnificent 16-inch R.S. Prussia mold #644 tankard with an iridescent Tiffany background and keyhole summer season portrait décor. The tankard boasts superb gold highlights and satin border trim – a must-see piece and one of the finest examples of R.S. Prussia to be found anywhere. “And it’s available, for the bidder fortunate enough to acquire it,” Woody said.

That isn’t the only tankard in the sale. A beautiful 11-inch R.S. Prussia carnation mold tankard featuring a summer season portrait with a lavender and pink satin background is on offer. Vases will feature a pair of rare, unmarked R.S. Prussia mold #906 high-shouldered vases – one 8 ¾ inches tall, with green tones and a lion and lioness décor, the other 13 inches tall with a nice ostrich scenic décor.

Scenic Nature Vases Coming Before Bidders

R.S. Prussia chocolate set

R.S. Prussia carnation mold chocolate set (10-inch pot and matching cups and saucers).

Additional R.S. Prussia vases will feature an unmarked mold #909 vase in green and brown tones, 8 ½ inches tall, with a scenic décor of tigers in a jungle, very rare; a mold #938 oval-shaped two-handled vase, 10 inches tall, with nice colors and having three scenic decors: pheasant, barnyard and bluebird; and an unmarked 8 ½ inch tall mold #909 vase having brown tones and a rare ostrich scenic décor.

Collectors with a sweet tooth to satisfy will be drawn to the 10-inch R.S. Prussia iris mold chocolate pot having a cream, lavender and peach satin finish with a fall season portrait décor; and the R.S. Prussia carnation mold chocolate set (10-inch chocolate pot and six matching cups and saucers, with rim repair on three of the cups) in a white and lavender satin finish with summer season portrait décor.

An exceedingly rare R.S. Prussia hatpin holder, diminutive at just 3 ¾ inches tall, with an Admiral Peary scenic décor (“Midst Snow and Ice”), and a scene showing a tent, skier, dog and polar bear, is certain to attract bidder interest; as is a five-piece R.S. Prussia icicle mold berry set with 10 ¾ inch diameter master bowl and four 5 ½ inch diameter matching berry dishes, with a snowbird scene décor.

Sale Is Big on Bowls

R.S. Prussia bowls will be plentiful, to include a 15-inch diameter unmarked carnation mold center bowl, beautiful cobalt blue with gold stencil highlights; and a 10 ½ inch mold #85 bowl having a pink, yellow and green background with two rare scenes of a summer season portrait and mill scene décor.

Other R.S. Prussia bowls will feature an 11-inch diameter carnation mold bowl with

R.S. Prussia bowl

10-1/2 inch diameter unmarked mold #253 bowl with green tones and a scene of two ostriches, R.S. Prussia example.

white and peach satin showing lavender highlights and a desirable fall season portrait décor; and a 10 ½ inch diameter unmarked mold #253 bowl showing attractive green tones and boasting the rare ostrich scenic décor.

For those unable to attend in person, internet bidding will be provided by (full link at Absentee bids will also be accepted. The entire catalog may be viewed online now, with color photos, at A preview will be held Friday, July 21, from 2-6 pm Central time. The Cedar Rapids Marriott is at 1200 Collins Rd. NE.

Internet bidders are encouraged to register a day or two ahead of the auction. Absentee bids should be submitted with a written statement indicating the amount of the bid. All bids must be received no later than July 20th. Bids may be fax’d to 316-746-2145, or e-mailed to As for lodging, R.S. Prussia members will have access to a special Marriott room rate. Call (319) 393-6600.

Woody Auction is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection you may call them at (316) 747-2694; or you can e-mail them at To learn more about Woody Auction and the Saturday, July 22nd auction, visit

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